First Woman Sworn In as Deputy Commissioner of MDIF&W
AUGUSTA, Maine – Andrea Erskine of Sidney was sworn in as Deputy Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the first woman to be appointed to that position in the department’s 130-year history.
MDIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock administered the oath during a ceremony at the department’s Augusta headquarters.
“The department is most fortunate to have a person of Andrea’s abilities,” said Commissioner Woodcock. “She possesses a significant range of knowledge of the issues and the process. She will be a deputy commissioner who will impact our mission of preserving and protecting Maine’s fish and wildlife resources.”
Ms. Erskine thanked her mother and father, Connie and the late Perley King, her husband, Eric, and her two sons, Michael and Ben for their love and support.
“I do feel incredibly honored to be the deputy commissioner of an agency I love,” Erskine told family, friends and co-workers who assembled to witness this historic event. “Who knew the little girl from East Madison who fished with a homemade bamboo poll for hornpout some 40 years ago would end up here.”
Ms. Erskine has worked at MDIF&W for more than 25 years. For more than 20 years, she served as assistant to the commissioner, playing a key role in the administration by providing input on policies and procedures, serving as regulations officer and legislative liaison, attending public hearings and work sessions, and working closely with the staff at the Office of the Governor. Prior to this post, she was licensing department supervisor.
Ms. Erskine is a hospice volunteer as well as a volunteer at Embrace Your Grace, an adaptive dance project for challenged youth. She is one of eight children in a family that spent a lot of time fishing and camping in the outdoors.